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Charly's Pension
Ranked #1 of 12 Egirdir B&B and Inns
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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“Very hospitable and welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Charly's Pension and it's staff are awesome. The location is great near the beautiful lake. It's a perfect place to relax, get inspiration, but also as a base for plenty of outdoor activities. Mohamed and Carla made my stay and counts as one of my highlights in Turkey. Will

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

The Pension is literally in front of the lake, you can walk down the stairs that connect the balcony and you'll be at the lake. Watching the sunrise is amazing from here.
The Pension also has an annex building with brand new rooms that are pretty good, although they're not right in front of the lake.
The place is located a good 10 minutes away from the bus station, so it's easy to go if you have to catch an early bus.
Staff is super friendly and welcoming and I immediately felt among friends.
I recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Our stay at Charly's Pension was a definite highlight of our month in Turkey. As soon as we saw the view of the lake from the dining room we knew we had to stay. We planned to be there for one night but ended up staying for three.
Egirdir was very relaxed and peaceful and the lake itself was beautiful. There wasn't a lot going on but the people were friendly and even chased us down to give us apples at one point. We loved hanging out on the deck reading and soaking up some sun.
Possibly the best part of Charly's was the food. SO GOOD! Everything was fresh and delicious. Breakfast was a typical Turkish spread but with some extra items that were nice after weeks of the same thing. Everything we had for dinner was excellent.
The staff was very helpful and friendly. Muslum even walked us into town so we could pay by Visa when we were out of cash and gave us some helpful tips for our arrival in Antalya. Charly's was comfortable and started to feel like home.
The "easy" bike ride we took was beautiful but definitely more than we bargained for!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

We have just come back from 3 days' of Autumnal trekking in and around Lake Egirdir all of which was spent at Charly's Pension. I'd consider the pension to be a mini-hotel designed around the needs of trekkers and visitors who are looking to experience some of the marvelous scenery, hills and mountains in the area - but a significant step up from a hostel or similar, such that you can easily and comfortably stay there for the day reading or relaxing and enjoying the view over the lake from the scenic windows of the restaurant / lounge area or the balcony area below.

The staff are really knowledgeable about the hills and pathways - they offer guided walks or if you wish you can head off into the hills by yourself getting dropped off and picked up at the beginning and end of each walk should you so wish. The staff there are currently in the process of voluntarily re-marking many of the pathways along the St.Paul's trail to make it easier to follow; something that would be much appreciated!

Good clean comfortable rooms; free wifi, tea and coffee available all day, friendly helpful staff who speak both German and English and stunning scenery and amazing walks.

We'll certainly be heading back for another long weekend of trekking in the Spring and most certainly staying at Charly's Pension!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

I am a bit at a loss reviewing Charly's Pension in the sense that every other reviews I read about it is overwhelmingly positive. Maybe we did not have the same expectations - mine were high given the prior glowing reviews - and that's where our experience differs. While traveling throughout Turkey my husband and I stayed one night in early October (we were supposed to stay for three, more on that later). Our first impression was... well not a good one. Two old worn out and ugly sofas greats you in the unsightly ''courtyard'' in front of the pension. Then you enter what is suppose to be a lobby, dark, cramped, low ceiling, derelict and very ugly looking. Nobody is there. Eventually an old woman comes out of the kitchen next to this ''lobby'' and gestures towards the back. Through a low door you enter the dining room/gathering room. Despite the fact it's looking onto the lake and has a nice view, it feels dark, very old-fashion, out of date and extremely rustic, but not in a pretty way, more like worn out and dusty. A young gentlemen is sitting at one of the very rustic and small tables, busy on his computer. His name is Fulsum. He does not greats us in, rather we have to go and see him. He checked us in and then showed us our room situated in the newer building. Our room was very nice, freshly renovated, two large window and a great view of the lake. Large clean and all new bathroom. Strangely though there is a door leading to a balcony but there is no balcony! This was the only real positive part of our stay there. The alley leading to this second building is ugly, full of debris and derelict. We decide to have diner at the pension, which only starts at 8pm, a bit late frankly. The food is good (but not great) overall fresh but not overly tasty either. We ordered the crayfish and they were very fresh and plenty. Wine is excessively expensive. It turned out to be quite an expensive diner for such a low profile place, we're a bit shocked. We browse through the homemade guide book for something to do the following day. Next morning, breakfast is a very slim affair, very few choices and a plastic box of what seems like left over bread is put on every table. Not at all impressed. We decide to drive up the mountain behind the village on what is said to be a ''very good dirt road'' to reach some hiking path. Well within 50 yards on that ''good'' dirt road - full of severe potholes and in very bad shape - we had to turn around in fear we would damage our rental car! So much for that activity. We then decide to walk through the town. It is overall dirty, sad looking, derelict and poor. Nothing to see really. The only nice part is the causeway to Yesilada. Wondering what to do next to fill our day we follow Fulsum's advice and drive all the way to Kovada Lake National Park. Long drive through apple orchards, beware of tractors coming onto the roads without stopping or looking out for traffic! Finally get to this Kovada Lake. It's a dull opaque green and polluted, there are no walking or hiking paths, no place to stop, nothing to do! Total waste of time and expensive gas. We turn around, extremely disappointed by everything we have seen so far in Egirdir or around and decide right there we had enough. We canceled the remainder or our stay at the Pension (generously offering to pay for the second night) and drove all the way to Antalya instead, where we found a very good last minute deal on a charming and beautiful hotel with lots of character and class in Kaleici, or Old Antalya. The best decision of our trip!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

Sit on the balcony and enjoy a grilled fish while the sun goes down. We had a lovely, creaky wooden room, comfortable, and spent a good bit of time swimming in the lake and watching the sun on the water. The owner was extremely knowledgeable, and gave good advice on walking, fishing, and the Sunday market. We were in Turkey for a month, and this was our favourite place...

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

We just stayed for one night as we were driving through. Very warm welcome. Simple room but comfortable and overlooking the beautiful lake. We were offered a welcome cup of tea on the outside terrace in the setting sun. We joined the set meal they offer in the evening, which was delicious and very generous, with lake bass caught that morning. The hosts were very friendly and attentive. Guests a mixture of ages and nationalities. Breakfast was good. Would highly recommend Charly's as a comfortable budget stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Charly's Pension
Address: Kale Mh. 5 Nolu Sk, Egirdir 32500, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Isparta Province > Egirdir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Egirdir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charlys pension Looking for something special? Than it's time to visit Charly's pension 'old house ' in Egirdir! Charly's pension was build up in the year 1890. To keep the historical atmosphere we have equipped it with some orginal furnitures of this time. We have a nice shady terrace where you can rest after your hiking or cycling tour and our 'own' beach is only few steps away. We have six cosy and clean rooms, two of them with own shower and we can also offer you a dormitory and campsite. For your wellbeing we serve cold drinks and homemade food, for breakfast you can choose between six different version. We have enough of words, come and experience for yourself our relaxing ambience in Charly's Pension. We are looking forward to seeing you soon in Egirdir!!! ... more   less 
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